Karim Benzema has equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-scoring record as Real Madrid beat Manchester City 3-1 to advance to the 2021-22 Champions League final on 6-5 aggregate.

The 32-year-old former Lyon man equals Ronaldo’s record of 10 goals in the knockout stages after substitute Rodrygo was their inspiration.

Leading 4-3 from a pulsating first leg, Pep Guardiola’s side appeared set for a second successive final appearance when Riyad Mahrez put them ahead in the 73rd minute at Santiago Bernabeu, but comeback kings Real Madrid sealed their place in Paris with a 6-5 aggregate triumph.

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The Brazilian became the first player to score twice in the 90th minute of a knockout match to force extra time in the tournament.

And Benzema wrapped up a magnificent turnaround for Carlo Ancelotti’s La Liga champions when five minutes into extra time.

Both teams return to action on Saturday. City look to respond as they resume their Premier League title charge against Newcastle United, while Los Blancos face Atletico Madrid in the derby.

 

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